New “Death Note” film announced for 2016

Otaku USA Magazine (by Matt Schley):

Anime/manga/tv series Death Note will be back with another live-action film in 2016.

The film, which will serve as a sequel to the two 2006 Death Note films, will star characters who “inherited the DNA of Light and L” who are set to battle over the six Death Notes in the world. The plot will also involve cyber-terrorism.

Death Note 2016 will be directed by Shinsuke Sato, who previously directed the live-action Gantz and Library Wars films.

The teaser was first revealed after the final episode of the Death Note TV series Sunday. It’s unclear if any of the cast or crew from that series will be involved in the new film.

Miss Saigon’s Kwang-Ho Hong performs title song from Frank Wildhorn’s Broadway musical adaptation of DEATH NOTE manga series

Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde) is currently working on turning Japanese manga series DEATH NOTE into a musical. Below, check out a Korean music video featuring the title song from the musical, performed by Kwang-Ho Hong (Miss Saigon UK, Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll & Hyde, Don Quixote)!

“Death Note” TV drama set to air this summer!

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RocketNews 24:

There has been a successful anime, a trio of movies, various games and even a musical, but one form of media the Death Note series has been noticeably missing is a TV drama.

But just like an entry into the infamous Death Note itself, a one-line news report revealed that a live-action drama was finally in the works. And we’ll be seeing it a lot sooner than you think!

It’s been nine years since writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata finished their thrilling story of Light Yagami and L that answered the question, “What would you do if you could decide who died and when?

For Light, the easily bored high school genius, he wanted to use the Death Note to cleanse the world of all evil, or what he judged as evil. His nemesis/counterpart, the eccentric, candy loving detective L, strongly opposed the killings, and tried to do whatever he could to stop “Kira”, Light’s alias.

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With a continually strong fan base around the globe, it’s a bit of a surprise that a major announcement appeared between panels of a comic and with it, the only information that’s been released so far: a July start-date for the series.

What can we expect from the TV drama, though? The anime followed the manga storyline quite closely, while the live-action movies had a delightfully unexpected twist that kept true to the original manga but also kept it fresh for those familiar with the series. The musical is set to premiere on April 29 so it’s not yet known how the duel between Light and L will play out. Since it has been nine years since the completion of the manga, there has been plenty of time for writers to come up with variations on the plot to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

Casting news has also been suspiciously absent. Who will we see starting in the titular roles? The actors from the live-action movies haven’t played those parts for almost nine years, so it’s likely that they will cast new actors. Whoever they bring in though, will have a tough time trying to surpass Kenichi Matsuyama’s performance as L.

More information will certainly be released in the coming months…


Death Note author to pen first new manga in two years


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RocketNews 24:


The mysterious Japanese manga author Tsugumi Oba is returning to the comic book world after a two-year hiatus this May with a new manga called Skip Yamada-kun.

Oba, who wrote the popular manga series Death Note and Bakuman, is writing the new manga for an upcoming special 35th anniversary edition of Shukan Young Jump magazine called “Jump” meets “Girl” SPECIAL COMIC, which will hit books shelves on May 8. And unlike his past comics that were serialized across several magazine issues, this new manga is a single-issue standalone story.

Oba, who in the past has partnered with the illustrator Takeshi Obata, will be collaborating for the first time with Robico, the creator of the hit manga My Little Monster. Both Death Note and Bakuman were illustrated by Obata and this will be the first manga by Oba to use a different illustrator. Fans of the secretive manga author are a little skeptical of Robico—who is well known for love-themed manga—but are cautiously looking forward to seeing a new side of Oba.

Little is known about the plot of the new manga expect that Skip Yamada-kun will center on a junior high school student who “hates troublesome things” and always looks for the easy way out. Although the publisher hasn’t given out many details, they have said that “something” appears to this junior high school student. Judging from the promotional art, the “something” seems to be a remote control, which hopefully can provide a much more meaningful plot device than the 2006 Adam Sandler classic Click.

This latest work by Oba will likely cause fans to look for further clues about the true identity of the manga artist that he has managed to keep secret despite the huge popularity of his manga series. Some have theorized that Oba is actually the pen name for Gamo Hiroshiwho wrote the bizarre superhero manga Tottemo! Luckyman in the 1990s. Proponents of this theory point to how the maing character’s uncle in Bakuman works on a very similar superhero-themed manga and how Light Kangami in Death Note goes to a cram school that offers a “Gamo Seminar.”

Whatever the identity of Oba, it’s clear that the reclusive manga author knows how to create a popular comic book story. And even if some don’t appreciate the complex plot lines of Oba’s past stories that involve a magical notebook that kills anyone whose name is written it it, we imagine fans will be lining up to buy the 340-yen (US$3.30) magazine come May 8.

If you’re a fan of Oba’s past manga series, we would love to hear in the comments below about your initial thoughts on the upcoming manga and whether you think it will be worth the two-year wait!


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Death Note author to pen first new manga in two years


Death Note is being turned into a musical


Death Note Is Being Turned into a Musical

Nothing quite says “musical” like a notebook that allows you to kill people! Beats Cats, I guess?

Hit manga Death Note has already been turned into animevideo games, novels, and live-action films. And in 2015, it will become a musical, website NariNari reports. A musical perhaps because they are running out of things to turn Death Note into?

Composer Frank Wildhorn, known for writing Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” and the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde is writing the score, while Jack Murphy is handling the lyrics. Theater director Tamiya Kuriyama is helming the production, which is currently going through casting.

The Death Note musical will also have a run in South Korea in Summer 2015. No word yet about Broadway, Off-Broadway, or any North American theaters in between.

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Death Note is being turned into a musical